It’s been a long 4 years waiting for Honda to release a 68-inch wide, 4-seat Talon. The wait is over and the 2023 Honda Talon 1000R-4 Fox Live Valve will be It’s been a long 4 years waiting for Honda to release a 68-inch wide, 4-seat Talon. The wait is over and the 2023 Honda Talon 1000R-4 Fox Live Valve will be shipping to dealers in a few days (June 2023). Also included in the announcement are the three other FOX Live Valve versions—the Talon 1000X-4 FOX Live Valve, Talon 1000X FOX Live Valve and Talon 1000R FOX Live Valve. Each of the four trim levels benefits from advancements that enhance comfort, suspension performance and styling. Honda explained that its non-FOX Live Valve 2023 Talon offerings will be released separately, at a later date.

NEW FOR 2023
For the 2023 model year, the Talon FOX Live Valve family benefits from a host of important improvements:

  • All-new Talon 1000R-4 FOX Live Valve version, bringing the stellar high-speed rough-terrain handling of the two-seat R to a four-seat configuration.
  • Wheelbase on Talon 1000R FOX Live Valve is 2.7 inches shorter, reducing turning radius by nearly two feet.
  • Full-coverage doors to better protect occupants from mud and water.
  • New in-door storage compartments with net covers, as well as retention-device-equipped cup holders, a Honda exclusive in the category. (These are in all four doors in four-seat versions.)
  • New power-steering unit with convenient return-to-center function.
  • Updated ignition mapping for smooth, strong power delivery.
  • Improved accessory integration, with a second ground added to the front of the vehicle for simpler wire routing. (Previously, there was only one ground, at the vehicle’s rear.)
  • Stylish new design for aluminum wheels.
  • New Kenda tires with thicker sidewalls for increased protection from pinch flats.
  • Twelve new Honda Accessories available, including over fenders, rear splash guards, rear speaker pods, a subwoofer, a dome light, a GPS unit, a heater, a switch plate with USB outlet, an Axon winch, a busbar, a fuse box and a rear reflector guard.
  • Painted plastic in exciting new colors (Pearl Red and Matte Navy Blue). All four FOX Live Valve versions have color-matched frame and suspension.

Honda offers the 2023 Talon 1000 FOX Live Valve in two two-seat versions and two four-seat iterations. All four of these sport side-by-sides are designed with off-road excitement, precision and quality in mind, and all share Honda’s 999cc parallel-twin engine. However, each is developed to specialize in a particular application. All four boast technology garnered from Honda’s close working relationship with FOX and Bosch®, both leaders in their respective categories. The FOX Live Valve system automatically adjusts damping on each shock independently, for reduced bottoming, pitch and roll.

2023 Honda Talon 1000


  • Talon 1000X FOX Live Valve ($22,499): This two-seat Talon version is relatively narrow (64.0 inches) and has suspension travel of 14.4 inches and 15.0 inches front and rear, respectively. The wheelbase is 87.6 inches. This configuration makes it great for customers who prioritize quick changes of direction—for example, those who drive most often on twisty, wooded trails.

2023 Honda Talon 1000R

  • Talon 1000R FOX Live Valve ($23,499): Built to tackle rough terrain at high speed, this two-seat Talon trim level features a wider stance (68.1 inches), longer wheelbase (90.0 inches) and longer suspension travel (17.6 inches up front, 20.1 inches at the rear).

2023 Honda Talon 1000X-4

  • Talon 1000X-4 FOX Live Valve ($24,799): Based on the same philosophy as the two-seat X, this version is also at its best when nimble, precise handling is on the want list, but it extends the experience to up to four occupants. Vehicle width and suspension travel figures are the same as on the Talon 1000X FOX Live Valve, but the wheelbase is 116.4 inches.

2023 Honda Talon 1000R-4

  • Talon 1000R-4 FOX Live Valve ($25,799): Like its two-seat cousin, this all-new four-seater has a vehicle width of 68.1 inches, but its wheelbase is 118.7 inches. Front and rear suspension travel measurements are 17.7 inches and 20.1 inches, respectively.

Designed in American Honda’s Development Division in Raymond, Ohio, the Talon’s body style represents the purest blending of function and form, an advanced, performance-based look that exudes capability. Inspired by the CRF Performance line of dirt bikes, the vehicle is dominated by a high bodyline and a body side that has a continuous flow from front to rear. The design lends the look of a serious machine, but it also serves the practical purpose of providing lateral support to the driver and passenger, for a feeling of security inside the vehicle. A pronounced, strong stance was created by placing the four wheels at the extreme corners of the vehicle, and aggressive fenders and wheel wells appear eager for speed while effectively keeping mud and debris off the vehicle and its occupants.

The Talon’s silhouette is low, and bulk is minimized. Efficient engine cooling is prioritized with motorcycle-inspired shrouds and four side vents, all of which are unique to the side-by-side world. The roof, which comes standard on all Talons, incorporates a front lip to keep moisture from reaching the interior (even when braking in rainy conditions), and a horizontal pass-through slit both creates a functional spoiler (providing downforce at higher speeds) and allows appropriate aerodynamics when the vehicle is towed on a trailer, whether it’s facing forward or backward.

New for 2023, all Talon FOX Live Valve versions feature full-coverage doors that improve cabin sealing. In addition to keeping the driver and passengers protected from tire spray and splashing mud, the new doors also offer additional storage space and integrated cupholders. Serving both style and function, the Talon lineup features bold new aluminum wheels fitted with tough Kenda tires to enhance puncture resistance.

On FOX Live Valve versions, the headlights are LED for long life and bright, uniform illumination, and they feature high and low beam. Door handles are inset for a tactile reference point, and the Talon comes standard with full side nets on all doors, with rigidly mounted latches to make securing them simple and quick, even with one hand. For a positive owner experience, the lids on the hood, bed cover, battery compartment and fuse box can all be opened without tools, simplifying checks and service.

The lightweight plastic body panels are coated with automotive-grade paint for a long-lasting, top-quality look.

The design provides a comfortable driving experience for body types from the fifth to the 95th percentiles. The sport seats are wide and weather-resistant, and the driver side is adjustable via an automobile-grade slide mechanism with high-grade bearings. Rubber sealing to the floor area protects the driver and passengers from mud and water, and both four-seat Talon FOX Live Valve versions feature a storage area under the driver seat. Three-point seatbelts are standard, but the seats come ready for a four-point belt system, for racing. A full center console separates the driver and passenger compartments for a high-tech, cockpit-like feel.

With the two four-seat versions of the Talon 1000 FOX Live Valve, a great deal of engineering went into integrating rear passengers in the riding experience. Considerations for rear ingress/egress include an opening that is wide enough even for passengers wearing bulky winter gear, and the elimination of sharp edges or protrusions that could snag clothing; grab points are provided.

The steering wheel is infinitely adjustable for tilt to suit driver preference. To further the Talon’s impressive handling and ride comfort, a new electric power-steering unit increases torque assist by 87 percent and features a return-to-center function that reduces steering effort and improves responsiveness. The modernized meter is located directly behind the steering wheel, and the large visor maximizes visibility and reduces glare. The dash also features a pre-wired switch panel, simplifying the integration of electric accessories.

An armrest and grab handle are provided in the passenger door, and there’s a rattle-free “handlebar, complete with a quick-release adjustment lever that allows it to be easily telescoped in and out to accommodate varying physiques. There’s also a center footrest area for relaxed riding comfort, and floor drains simplify washing the vehicle. A 12V accessory adapter is standard, and even the cup holders are designed to securely hold containers of varying diameters and will accept most insulated tumblers. The bed is large enough to accept a large cooler, and six integrated tie-down points allow items to be secured for aggressive driving. A flag mount is incorporated into the rollover protection system.

Both four-seat versions of the Talon 1000 FOX Live Valve elevate the level of performance, refinement, comfort and quality, thanks to a “stadium seating layout that offsets the rear seats 50mm inboard and 75mm higher compared to the front seats, improving visibility and enabling a more engaged experience for rear passengers, while also situating them away from tire spray. The backs of the front seats slope so as to provide rear passengers with best-in-class legroom and knee space, and there’s a full-length rear grab bar that has an incorporated guard to protect fingers from being pinched by the rear of the front seat. Rear drink holders, an accessory power socket and inboard door handles are provided as well.

All versions of the Talon FOX Live Valve feature frames that were engineered and developed at American Honda Development Division’s Raymond, Ohio, campus, for a plush ride, maximum ground clearance and precise steering response. A 44 percent front-end weight bias is ideal for handling and a balanced feel, and automotive-industry design concepts bring an unmatched level of engineering to the category. The frame itself is identical in both two-seaters, and whereas the Talon 1000X FOX Live Valve’s suspension and wheelbase are intended to emphasize maneuverability and precise handling, those of the Talon 1000R FOX Live Valve are intended more for high-speed tracking and large-bump absorption; both are suitable for a broad range of terrain types. The same focuses are true of the two four-seat versions. For the new model year, the Talon 1000R FOX Live Valve features a shorter wheelbase (2.7 inches shorter than the previous generation), which tightens the turning radius by nearly two feet.


All four Talon 1000 FOX Live Valve versions feature one-piece frames that were designed and developed incorporating Honda’s vast off-road design knowledge to achieve optimum handling properties by maintaining appropriate levels of stiffness and compliance to retain consistent geometry even when pushed under the hardest loads. As a result, the vehicle behaves and responds predictably for a controlled, confidence-inspiring ride. In addition, the frame undergoes a state-of-the-art process (including an e-coat dip, oven baking, powder-coat spraying and another oven bake) that guarantees the paint quality and ensures that rust-prevention needs are met.

The front suspension is a double-wishbone design with a balance of rigidity and tuned flex for maximum precision. Front travel is 14.4 inches on the two FOX Live Valve 1000X versions. Both have a multi-link rear system with a high-positioned trailing arm for improved ground clearance and 15.0 inches of travel.

The two 1000R FOX Live Valve versions also feature double-wishbone front-suspension system, with 17.6 inches of front-wheel travel on the two-seater and 17.7 inches on the four-seater; at the rear, the multi-link suspension design limits toe change to only 0.3 degrees through the entire 20.1 inches of stroke, for excellent alignment control.

Shock Absorbers
The FOX Live Valve versions of the 2023 Talon are equipped with FOX Podium shock absorbers developed and tuned through rigorous testing in extreme terrain. Each version’s suspension is designed with its specific performance mission in mind.

The FOX Live Valve Talons deliver quick automatic adjustment via a proprietary control system that can go through the shocks’ entire adjustment range in 20 milliseconds (less than one-fifth the blink of an eye!) and has a sample rate of 200 times per second, maximizing versatility by determining the best compression-damping setting for each shock based on vehicle conditions and behavior. The system constantly monitors variables including compression speed, steering, braking, throttle position, rpm, vehicle weight, selected gear, vehicle speed and vehicle orientation. Leveraging advanced algorithms and a sophisticated five-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) offering ultra-fast communication speed through enhanced signal quality, the system electronically adjusts the individual shock absorbers accordingly.

The system delivers exceptional ride quality with reduced lateral roll and longitudinal pitch—but with no need for a ride-compromising stabilizer bar, and improved tracking and steering response. Two suspension modes—Normal and Sport—are operated independently of the Talon’s selectable engine drive modes and have different characteristics. In Normal, the shocks stay subtler to absorb small irregularities, while in Sport the shocks ride higher in the travel to keep more stroke in reserve for big impacts. The “sting of deep whoop sections and g-outs is reduced, yet the ride is plush and smooth in uneven, rocky or rooted terrain.

Wheels & Tires
For the 2023 model year, all Talon FOX Live Valve versions roll on new wheels with Kenda tires (front: 28 x 9-15, rear: 28 x 11-15) that offer additional sidewall support to mitigate pinch flats, without compromising traction or ride quality.

Endless well-thought-out details result in a satisfying driving experience, and that approach extends to the braking system, which delivers excellent vehicle handling under braking. All four Talon FOX Live Valve trim levels utilize 34mm twin-piston hydraulic front calipers and 34mm single-piston rear calipers, with 250mm brake rotors at all corners. The system uses low-expansion brake hoses and a 17mm master cylinder, resulting in precise braking feel so that drivers can effectively modulate force to suit the conditions.

The brake-pad compound was developed to achieve performance-level friction and feel, along with excellent wear life. Brake noise is minimized through the placement of rubber shims between the brake pads and calipers/pistons. The brake pedal has a trapezoid shape and a position that is 4.3 inches to the side of and 1.3 inches back from the accelerator pedal, for seamless transitioning between the foot controls.

All Talon FOX Live Valve trim levels come with integrated, injection-molded skid plates to protect components and help the vehicle glide off of obstacles. The rear skid plate has labeled access holes for the tow hook and engine-drain bolts, so removal of the plate isn’t necessary during oil changes.

The driveshaft boots, traditionally components that are susceptible to damage in off-road driving, are well-protected on the Talon, as outboard guards provide maximum coverage, even during turning and through the full range of suspension travel, whereas inboard boots are positioned behind the suspension A-arms.

A number of protective parts are available as Honda Accessories, including a choice of aluminum or steel front and rear bumpers; steel nerf bars and rubber floor mats. The available rear A-arm guards, trailing-arm guards, frame and skid plates are all made in high-molecular-weight polyethylene, known for its high impact strength.

All Talon FOX Live Valve versions share the same performance-tuned 999cc four-valve Unicam® parallel-twin engine. Developed in Japan by Honda Motor, and produced at the Kumamoto plant, the water-cooled engine features a 270-degree cross-plane crankshaft.

Bore-and-stroke specifications are an over-square 92.0mm x 75.2mm, and a “spiny sleeve cylinder has small protrusions on its outer surface, enhancing the adhesion between the steel sleeve and the aluminum barrel. This leads to improved cooling and a reduction in the bore distortion commonly caused by the dissimilar expansion rates of the two materials, so blow-by gas and oil consumption are minimized.

The engine is mounted longitudinally in the frame, eliminating unnecessary right angles in the driveline so that an efficient transfer of power to the rear wheels is possible, resulting in strong acceleration. The Talon can be switched between two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive on the fly—and even during situations of wheel spin—via a dash-mounted switch.

To reduce engine vibration transmitted to the chassis, yet also withstand the rigors of spirited driving, the engine is attached to the frame using four rubber mounts.

Valve Train
Utilizing the latest simulation engineering software, an intake-port shape was developed for optimum airflow at the point of cylinder entry, resulting in both strong, performance-tuned power, along with reliability and good fuel economy.

To minimize reciprocating mass in the cylinder head, the engine employs an arrangement similar to that of the CRF450R motocrosser, with a Unicam valve-train configuration and four valves per cylinder. Roller-rocker arms have friction-reducing bearings where they contact their own cam lobes. Valve adjustment is via a shim-under-bucket arrangement.

Intake / Exhaust
The engine intake scoop is positioned behind the front passenger door for effective reduction of dust reaching the air filter, allowing stronger performance, improved durability and reduced maintenance.

The engine sound was carefully considered to deliver a satisfying driving experience; three resonators—each tuned for a different frequency—provide a strong, exciting air-intake sound, and a connector between the twin exhaust headers tunes the exhaust note for a rich tone.

The dry-sump engine design pulls oil from below the crank and into an integrated tank and is engineered to circulate oil at a consistent rate even during aggressive cornering, jumping, climbing, descending and in rough conditions. In addition to the valve-train oil injectors, the engine incorporates two multi-point oil jets, one beneath each piston, to spray four-stream jets of oil. This maximizes power and durability by lowering piston temperatures.

To keep the engine operating within its optimum temperature range, the cooling system was tested and proven in hot, harsh conditions, and it uses the highest-capacity cooling fan and radiator of any Honda four-wheel powersports product; the radiator is 1.1 inches thick, and its face measures 15.7 inches by 14.2 inches. Maximizing efficiency at the low speeds common in technical sport side-by-side driving, a 13.4 inch, eight-blade fan pulls air through the radiator.

All Talon versions are ready for the grueling conditions typical of sport side-by-side driving, with a largest-in-class driveshaft and robust U-joints for excellent impact survival and torsional strength. The driveshaft components have been positioned up high in the chassis, maximizing ground clearance and reducing susceptibility to damage. A first in a Honda powersports vehicle, a spiral bevel gear is used at the rear, for reduced whine compared to a straight-cut gear.

Honda debuted the dual-clutch transmission for production powersports use on the 2010 VFR1200F sport-touring motorcycle, and since then, the technology has been offered on Honda adventure bikes, touring machines, cruisers, ATVs and side-by-sides. Honda has accumulated experience and improved the technology along the way, and while similar systems can be found in a number of high-performance sports cars, DCT remains a Honda exclusive in powersports.

As the name indicates, DCT uses two clutches that are controlled by sophisticated electronics and hydraulics. One clutch, which rides on a hollow outer shaft, controls odd-numbered gear sets (1, 3, 5); the other clutch rides on an inner shaft and controls even-numbered gear sets (2, 4, 6). Multiple gears are engaged simultaneously so that the transmission is constantly prepared for the next shift. Data, collected by a series of sensors, is processed by the ECU, which uses an advanced algorithm to determine when the shift-control motor should electronically trigger gear changes. At those moments, one clutch disengages and the other engages, resulting in shifts that are quick, smooth and seamless. A geared transmission that shifts automatically, DCT enables a direct, connected feeling between the foot pedal and the wheels, as well as an efficient transfer of power. It also boasts durability, flexibility, true engine braking and quick, smooth gear changes.

The Talon’s six-speed DCT offers two fully automatic modes: Drive and Sport. The former allows the engine to operate at a lower rpm, for relaxed driving or in situations where reducing load on the drivetrain results in smoother driving over rough terrain, and the latter holds gears longer, shifting up or down at higher rpm for more aggressive driving. Plus, a new low-range Sport mode has been added for 2023, enabling exciting and responsive power delivery under heavy loads. The low-range Sport mode complements the new Talon 1000R-4 version’s additional passenger capacity.

There’s also a Manual mode that gives the driver full control over the transmission, enabling him or her to change gears up or down via a pair of easily reachable, steering-column-mounted paddles, for heads-up driving. The long paddle shifters are easy to reach during dynamic steering maneuvers. Even when driving in either of the two automatic modes, the system can be overridden via the use of these paddles, with the transmission returning to automatic mode several seconds after each shift.

During acceleration, the Talon’s DCT provides the visceral and audible thrill of running through the gears with a sport-oriented feel and sound, no matter the selected mode. In addition, the Ignition Feedback Control system allows for quick torque reduction during shifting, for fast, precise gear changes.

The Talon’s DCT has high oil flow to the clutch to minimize heat, and the dash has a clutch-temperature indicator. The Talon also has a sub-transmission that provides a full range, effectively doubling the number of gears.

Even the reverse gear has been optimized for Sport use, to ease exiting from tight situations.

Leveraging the technological capability and know-how of its auto division, Honda equips the Talon FOX Live Valve family with industry-leading cutting-edge features that greatly enhance the driving experience.

First introduced in 2017, Honda’s exclusive i-4WD system “intelligent four-wheel drive), is standard equipment on all Talon versions. This ingenious system is a combination of brake traction control and torque-biasing, limited-slip front differential, managing the four-wheel-drive and differential-locking functions into a single selection mode, resulting in excellent traction and tracking performance in tough off-road conditions, with reduced steer effort and kickback compared to a standard differential lock. The i-4WD system has been specifically adapted to sport side-by-side use for the Talon platform.

With conventional, open four-wheel drive, when one of the front wheels loses traction and starts spinning, the system limits power and torque to both front wheels—including the one that still does have traction. But with i-4WD, brake-traction control manages the amount of slip between the left and right front wheels, automatically detecting wheelspin and stopping it by applying brake pressure to the offending wheel. The torque-biasing, limited-slip front differential mechanically multiplies the brake force 3.92 times and delivers it as drive force to the wheel with more grip. The result is the optimized front-wheel traction of a locked front differential, with the added benefits of reduced steering effort, minimal kickback, better high-speed tracking and tighter turning radius compared to standard, open front differentials. Add in the Talon’s locking rear differential, and it’s the best of all worlds. In summary, i-4WD provides a much more relaxed driving experience—and of course there’s no need to stop and engage a locking differential.

The i-4WD system has the added benefit of allowing electronic brakeforce distribution technology. When the driver applies the brake abruptly or in limited-traction conditions, the system automatically proportions brakeforce to the wheels with the most grip, reducing skidding. The wheels that can use more brakeforce get it, and the wheels without as much braking effectiveness receive less. Since the system works so quickly, it even automatically reproportions brakeforce as weight distribution changes during a stop. This is a considerable benefit given the changing traction dynamics of rough trails and differing loads, and it’s one that locking differentials don’t offer.

Hill Start Assist
To simplify re-starting after stops on ascents, the driver has the option of pressing a Hill Start Assist button (HSA) on the dash, thereby temporarily holding the vehicle in place without the need to apply pressure on the brake pedal. As a result, more mental bandwidth can be dedicated to modulating the throttle to resume motion.

Launch Mode
All Talon versions come standard with an electronic Launch Mode. Activated via a dash-mounted switch and a simple sequence of shift-paddle and accelerator-pedal movements, Launch Control enables wide-open-throttle starts from a dead stop, significantly reducing acceleration time and minimizing work for the driver since the automatic transmission manages upshifts. Once forward movement is initiated, a control program monitors the sensors at all four wheels and automatically reduces torque to low-traction wheels to minimize yaw and keep the vehicle tracking straight even on surfaces with uneven traction between the left and right tires.

Catering to side-by-side enthusiasts’ penchant for vehicle customization, Honda offers a wide array of accessories for the Talon 1000 FOX Live Valve family. A total of 12 new accessories have been added for the new model year, including a range of electronics. For convenient installation of electronic accessories, a new ground has been added to the front of the vehicle to simplify wiring. In all, over 60 accessories are available.


Important specs

2023 Honda Talon 1000R-4 Live Valve

Width: 68.1”

Length: 152.5”

Wheelbase: 118.7”

Wheel travel: 17 Front / 20 Rear

Shocks: 2.5” Fox Live Valve

Ground Clearance: 13.2”

Turning Radius: 22.6’

Price: $ 25,799

Availability: June 2023

Colors: Matte Navy Blue, Pearl Red2023 Honda Talon 1000R-4

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